Port Louis Travel Guide

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Port Louis Highlights

  • Pro
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     the multiculturale metropool of Mauritius 

  • Con
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     Becomes quiet after 6pm 

  • In a nutshell
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     Port-Louis modernizes itself and it doesn't so badly fit him. 

Port Louis Things to Do

  • BLUE PENNY MUSEUM

    South west of the Caudran Waterfront you will find the Blue Penny Museum.The museum belongs to the Mauritius Commercial Bank and was opened in 2000.It has a very nice collection of art, maps and stamps. The story about the first Mauritian stamp is very well documentated.It really is worth visiting.

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  • Dont miss Pamplemousses !

    Pamplemousse is a halfday-excursion from Port Louis, a wonderfull tropical garden with the biggest waterlillies on earth and some other plants that you will hardly see somewhere else. Talipot Palmtrees are another attraction there and they will bloom only once, after 30-40 years of just growing. There will be millions of small blossoms then on top,...

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  • The blue-penny museum & the...

    The blue-penny-museumshows the most famous stamp on earth, BUT only for a few minutes each day because they are afraid that the colors would fade away or what-ever. They let you in all day long and also take your money, BUT only those visitors that come within some 30 minutes at lunchtime will get to see the most famous stamp on earth. Some other...

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  • The Governor`s House & Queen Viktoria

    The Governor`s House is a large building at the end of the palmtree-boulevard. The building is surrounded by a high fence and in front of the building you will see a statue of Queen Viktoria. From the Governor`s House it is just a short distance to Place Nelson Mandela with some interesting, old buildings and the great theatre.

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  • Caudan Waterfront

    Caudan Waterfront is the name of a great boulevard directely at the townside of the port. The large cruiseships will dock opposite of it and the only 2 ways to get to Caudan Waterfront from there is the tiny ferryboat (read more about it in my Danger-tips!) or you walk all around the bay.At Caudan Waterfront you will find the windmill, some...

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  • Great streetlights at Place Nelson...

    Place Nelson Mandela is one of the most beautiful places in the heart of the old part of St. Louis and there you will find these great street-lights, next to the theatre and some other great buildings in the old colony-style.There might be some trafic-jams close to the port, but in this part of town there is almost no cartrafic at all.

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  • The old market-halls

    These are the old market-halls, dating back to the end of the 19th century, obviously a construction by Gustave Eiffel and it is now used by boutiques, souvenir-shops and cafes with a good view of the port-area and it is certainly a great place to relax.

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  • The Cannon of Fort Adelaide

    One of the cannons of Fort Adelaide is placed on the car-parking in front of the citadel and so you can take a closer look at it, even when you will have only a few minutes up there. Mauritius became a british Colony in 1810 and Fort Adelaide was built in 1840, so that cannon is about that time as well I guess.

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  • the mosque

    The mosque of Port Louis Unfortunately this mosque is not a place to visit for non-muslems, but it looks interesting and quite impressive already from outside and so I took these photos while passing by in our tourbus.In Mauritius you will find a peacefull co-existance of Hindus, Christians, Muslems and Buddists.

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Port Louis Hotels

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  • A beer at Caudan Waterfront

    Caudan Waterfront is a modern complex of cafes, bars, restaurants, shops, a cinema, a casino and a hotel, located by the sea in Mauritius’ capital city, Port Louis.One of the bars at Caudan Waterfront is Keg and Marlin, a “traditional English pub”, with outdoor seating by the sea. It was here that I decided to stop for a refreshing pint during my...

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  • Large Chinese restaurant in Chinatown

    Prior to my trip to Mauritius, I was rather surprised to learn that the capital of this small Indian Ocean island, Port Louis, has its very own “Chinatown” district.So, when I spent a day exploring Port Louis in February 2008, I naturally headed to Chinatown to grab some lunch.Port Louis’ Chinatown encompasses one main street, Royal Street, and a...

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  • EXCELLENT LUNCH

    A small café-restaurant to get your feet together and enjoy a cold drink or small dish in the shadow of one of the many trees.

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Port Louis Transportation

  • the local tourbuses

    Here you see one of the local tourbuses that will take you around the island of Mauritius in case that you book a guided tour on a cruise or when staying in a hotel.Mostly they have some aircondition, the seats are quite narrow and dont have seatbelts, but some of the windows can be opened by the passengers, so that is perfect when you like to take...

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  • How to get from the cruiseship to town ?

    It is quite a long path through the docks from the docking-places for cruise-ship to town, about 20 minutes to walk in the open sun on a road that is also used by heavy trucks and so you might considder taking the ferry that I talk about in my next tip, BUT I would say that this ferry is really only for sporty people !!!You will not always find a...

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  • Tiny ferryboats from the port to the...

    There are tiny ferryboats leaving every 20 or 30 minutes from a place close to your cruiseship and they promise you to take you to town the easy way, BUT you really should know that getting into these boats is no big problem, BUT for getting out at the other side you really need to be sporty, as you have to balance over several other boats in order...

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Port Louis Shopping

  • great shopping-arcades

    This is the large shopping-centre directely at the portside of Port Blair, in the corner of the port that is too small for the large cruiseships, but all the small ferryboats will take you there. They have cafes, garden-restaurants and shops of all sorts there, the shops will mostly have aircondition as well. Prices will be pretty much the same...

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  • Port Louis' Shopping Mall

    A modern shopping/eating/sightseeing venue/TIP: This is a good place to park your car in a secure area and then walk over to explore downtown Port Louis. There is a tunnel which allows you to cross the very busy main highway and the downtown district is just a few blocks away.

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  • A new modern shopping mall

    More restaurants, bookstore, cinema and other... Behind the restaurants and other limp of nights, one sees the mountain "des Signaux", named thus because found itself once of it the watchtower assigned to announce the arrival of the boats (of which La Malle Française - the French Trunk - the maritime carrying trade ship). Tradition preserved,...

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Port Louis Local Customs

  • I always felt perfectely safe in...

    I really always felt perfectely safe in Mauritius, no beggars in the streets, no scams and pickpockets, friendly people where-ever I went, even in some lousy sidestreets, that might have been a problem to walk trough in other parts of the world.Mauritius seems to be a good place to live, for me it might be too hot there, but there was also mostly...

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  • Alouda

    Before my visit to Mauritius in February 2008, I had read about the refreshing local drink known as Alouda, and that Port Louis Central Market was the best place on the island to try it.So, during a daytrip to the Mauritian capital, I headed to the central market and sought out somewhere to sample a glass of this vanilla and almond flavoured drink....

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  • La Citadelle - Fort Adelaïde

    team technique 6 technicians professionals song and lightcard technique yes feature technical Type of room : full air - 2300 places Tray = width: 16 m - depth : 9 m - not of hanger Equipment light: 1 game of organ 30 circuits, 2 preparations, bridge light 6 elements, 20 x 6 By 64 or 65, 20 spotlights 1000W, 12 cut 1000W, 6 x 4 ACLS, 2 HMIS...

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Port Louis Warnings and Dangers

  • FORGET about the port-ferry

    Unsporty people better skip the "port-ferry" !because it might be really dangerous. This ferry takes you from your cruiseship to the Caudan Village, the modern shoppingcentre close to the citycentre, BUT first you have to climb down from the pier over some ladder, but in the Caudan Village there will be mostly some smaller ships that you have to...

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  • Traffic Jams

    Like many other cities, there are traffic jams in the morning and evening after work in Port Louis. Usually, the traffic jams are worst around 9-10 am and 3-5pm.

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  • Parking problems

    Parking in Port Louis is always a big problem, especially in the busy areas in the middle of the day as there are always not enough parking lots along the streets. Take note if you are driving to Port Louis.

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Port Louis Tourist Traps

  • FORGET about the Blue-Penny-museum !!!

    FORGET about the Blue-Penny-museum, when you want to see the most famous stamp on earth !!!I certainly did not come to Mauritius in order to see that famous stamp, but as collecting stamps used to be one of my favorite hobbies of my childhood I was glad to hear that there is a letter with the famous "Blue-Mauritius stamp" shown in the Blue...

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  • More and more walls

    The mauricians, whose houses were extensively open on the outside, separated of the street by simple shrubby hedges, or by "raquettes" (opuntia), caught since some years the curious craze to surround their property of these high walls made of particularly hideous concrete. FALL THE WALL !

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  • Port Louis Hotels

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Port Louis What to Pack

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    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: PLease take with mosquito repellent, Port Louis is on the waterfront so lots mosquito, especially at night,

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Port Louis Off The Beaten Path

  • The Afrasia Bank

    The Afrasia Bank is another interesting building that I found in the very centre of Port Louis, while walking through town. Port Louis is a place to explore easily without a map, all places of interest are in the very centre, quite close to each other.When you start at the Caudan Waterfront a walk of 1-2 hours will take you the easy way to all...

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  • The old post-office & some famous stamps

    The old postoffice of Mauritius is in the area of the port and the Caudan Waterfront, about 200 meters from the windmill and you will also pass by it, when walking from your cruiseship to the city. At this postoffice some of the most famous stamps of history were issued:"The Blue Mauritius" is certainly the most famous stamp on earth, but by far...

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  • The Mauritius Institute

    The Mauritius Institute is the name of this building in the centre of Port Louis, that once used to be the headquarters of the French East Indian Company. This building is a museum nowadays: The museum of Natural History, showing local sea-shells, butterflies, inscects, birds and a lot more.I just a had a look at this beautiful building from...

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Port Louis Favorites

  • Traffic Policemen

    During the morning and evening traffic jam hours, you can see traffic policemen stationed at the various roundabouts and road junctions leading to Port Louis, controlling the traffic to ensure that the jam do not get worse.

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  • Singapore Airlines

    Coming from Singapore, I was surprised to see a signboard of Singapore Airlines (perhaps this is their office) in Port Louis, even though the airlines have stopped flying from Singapore to Mauritius.

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  • Distance view of Port Louis

    When I was at the beach at Point Aux Piment at the north-west of Mauritius, I managed to have a nice distance view of Port Louis on a fine and clear day.

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The gate of Independance
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the horse-racing-track
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the old windmill
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colonial architecture
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Fort Adelaide / The Citadel
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Inside the Citadel / Ft. Adelaide
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The theatre
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Fort Adelaide
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Domaine Les Pailles( Mauritius)
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OLD COUNCIL ROAD
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THE NATURAL HISTORIC MUSEUM
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CAUDAN WATERFRONT
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Signal Hill
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Colourful buildings
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On top of the viewing hill
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Statues in the city
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Fort Adelaide
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Residential area of Port Louis
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Horse Racing Course
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Chinatown
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Central market
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The main street
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Post Office Building
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Governor's House
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